Finding A Nanny
I am still not thrilled about having to find childcare for Baby MPB while he is so young. But, we’ve come to realize we need to. It simply isn’t fair to Baby MPB to be juggled while we attempt to work, and it also isn’t fair to our clients for us to be disengaged with their projects. (Although, truthfully, I care more about Baby MPB’s well being then my clients).
I knew that there was no way I was putting Baby MPB into a daycare at his age. In fact, daycare’s here don’t even seem to take infants until 6 months old. (A few take them at 3 months, but I would have had to put him on a waiting list at least 9 months ago, and clearly wasn’t possible). We also realize we aren’t ready to leave Baby MPB with someone unattended, at least not yet. So, we’ve decided that we need to hire someone to come to our house. We also know for the first while, we’ll work our schedules to be sure that one of us is always working from home while the nanny is here. This way, we are here if we are needed and we can get work done while the nanny takes care of diapers, feeding and playing with Baby MPB. It seemed to be the best solution for our circumstances.
So, I posted an add on caredotcom. Our requirements were:
- a few days a week. Flexible on days, but need a constant schedule.
- CPR is ideal.
- need to provide their own transportation to our house.
- must be at our house.
- must be good with a large dog and willing to walk her.
- be willing to do a few errands from time to time.
- be willing to do light housekeeping (i.e. laundry, keep the house clean).
Within 24 hours, we had 24 applicants respond to the ad.
I sat down and began reading their emails and their resumes. I easily tossed aside about half of them due to a lack of qualifications (i.e. no transportation, no CPR, etc.).
Then Mr. MPB read through them and did a second cut.
We narrowed it down to about 5 that we wanted to meet. So we began interviewing:
First interview was okay. But when she left, we both knew she wasn’t for us.
Second interview didn’t show up. So, clearly we are not interested in her.
Third interview cancelled on us as she decided to move and didn’t want to commute to our house. Fair enough, I appreciated the heads up.
Fourth interview had no previous nanny experience but a retired nurse who had has raised her own children. She was super chatty which could prove distracting to me as I’m super chatty. The catch, she wanted to bring her toddler with her. We saw the positive of this being that Baby MPB would get social interaction. The negative would be the noise for us while trying to work and we wondered if Baby MPB would really get the attention he deserves and that we sre paying for. But she was nice and knows how to care for young children.
Fifth interview. A university student, with previous nanny experience with awesome references. Growing up her mom ran a day-home, so she has spent more time around children then we have. She’s calm, quiet and really nice.
In the end, we’ve decided to go with number 5. We are doing a week trial to see if we like her and she likes us. My hopes are high as she offered to stay late to help out while I’m sick and her demeanor is a good fit for us, and she seems comfortable with such a young baby. Here’s to hoping she’s the good fit we envision!
If you like this post, please feel free to share and please click the follow button on the side or return to myperfectbreakdown.com to follow my journey.